Writer Sally Wainwright: Critics of Happy Valley’s violence are ‘naive’

Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright has rejected suggestions that the drama contained ‘gratuitous violence’, claiming it was nothing like The Fall.

Sally, who also penned Last Tango In Halifax, is hoping to get signed up for a second series of the gritty BBC One drama starring Sarah Lancashire, and already has ‘tentative ideas’ for a new instalment.

Another BBC drama, The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, was criticised for its graphic depictions of sexual murder.

Sally told RadioTimes.com: “I did watch The Fall and I think Happy Valley is very different. Titillation is when it’s beautifully lit and when you linger on things for a long time as they did in The Fall.”

She added: “People who criticise Happy Valley for being gratuitous are naive because I think we did it very responsibly.”

She added: “Gratuitous violence is what you see on video games, Game Of Thrones or – from what I’ve heard – things like Luther.

“There, you don’t even know who the victim is and it’s just a body on a slab in a morgue. The violence in Happy Valley was about women who we knew and cared for. And that was the whole point.”